Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$22298 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


ACU’s Master of Public Health equips graduates with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and well-being.  ACU’s MPH prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

A uniquely ACU specialisation, global health is an increasingly important and active area of work for public health practitioners. If you are planning to focus on global health, our Master of Public Health program offers a specialisation in global health and advocacy during your second year. The Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy) specialisation will give you the knowledge, skills and experience to practice effectively in the evolving professional landscape of global health.

Students may choose to complete their Master with specialisation through a Research Pathway (undertaking additional research training and completion of a minor thesis) or a Capstone Pathway (involving a capstone experience, such as a practice-based project).


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • not-for-profit organisations
  • health education
  • government
  • health services
  • project management

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy), a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

PUBH610 History and Principles of Public Health

*PUBH620 Biostatistics

PUBH630 Determinants of Health

HLSC641 Introduction to Health Sciences Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

PUBH611 Health Promotion

PUBH621 Epidemiology

PUBH631 Disease Prevention and Management

PUBH632 Public Health Law and Policy

Year 2 - Semester 1

PUBH640 Global Health and Sustainable Development

PUBH641 Humanitarian Assistance and Health

PUBH649 Preparation for Practice

Elective Unit


Year 2 - Semester 2

PUBH642 Global Nutrition and Food Security

PUBH643 Health Advocacy

PUBH655 Practice Placement

Elective Unit


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

*PUBH620 Biostatistics delivered on Campus in Melbourne. Transitioning OUA Online students will have the option of enrolling in HLSC642 Biostatistics for Health Sciences during ACU Online Term X.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Additional course information

ACU’s Master of Public Health program is distinguished by:

  • Study options and flexibility to meet the needs of postgraduate students who are also working; for example, full-/part-time study, on-campus or online study mode, intensive unit teaching schedules (including weekends);
  • A curriculum designed with reference to Australian and international competency standards for public health and practice-relevant conceptual frameworks;
  • A focus on illustrating theory with relevant, practical examples of established and emergent public health issues and contemporary social issues with substantial health impacts, such as family violence, homelessness and cyber-/workplace bullying;
  • A unique specialisation option, the Master of Public Health (Global Health & Advocacy), allowing students to concentrate their studies on issues of global health, sustainable development, food security and humanitarian assistance. This specialisation also allows students develop their advocacy skills, a vitally important component of public/global health practice: to not just implement positive change, but to also influence positive change in the first place;
  • Placing the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of the Global Health & Advocacy specialisation to enable graduates wanting to work internationally are well-grounded in the overarching principles that will guide global health practice into the future;
  • Assessment tasks designed to simulate practice-relevant data, situations, problems or issues, with students assessed on their responses as public health practitioners;
  • A choice of completing the Master of Public Health either by Research Pathway (involving additional research training and then preparation of a minor research thesis) or by Capstone Pathway (involving a practice-based project or other approved fieldwork/project/experience;
  • Alignment of public health’s professional values with ACU’s Mission; for example, striving to achieve prevention of illness and improved, equitable health outcomes for all people (public health practice) with the pursuit of the dignity of the human person and the common good (ACU’s Mission).

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have:

  1. a Bachelor degree (or higher) or equivalent; OR
  2. successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Health; AND
  3. Either:
  4. A grade point average of  at least 4.2  on the ACU 7 point scale in a Bachelor degree; or
  5. A minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field), including Honours or other postgraduate study in health; or
  6. Suitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance to the satisfaction of the course coordinator.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates may be able to progress to a higher degree by research (eg Doctor of Philosophy). Students interested in doing so are encouraged to complete their MPH via the Research Pathway.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$22298 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.


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